Reviews and Ratings for Spyderco Alistair Phillips Kapara Folding Knife 3.6" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Carbon Fiber Handles - C241CFP

Spyderco Alistair Phillips Kapara Folding Knife 3.6" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Carbon Fiber Handlesrated 4.333 stars out of 5 (3 reviews)
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Spyderco Alistair Phillips Kapara Folding Knife 3.6 inch S30V Satin Plain Blade, Carbon Fiber Handles

 

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Spyderco Alistair Phillips Kapara Folding Knife 3.6" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Carbon Fiber Handles
rated 5 stars out of 5
Nemo
Paris
Sep 17, 2019
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
When a knife is excellent -> 5 stars is mandatory
After so much hesitation I was able to get a Kapara thanks to Tom (and Howard) at the Knifecenter. My “fear” was real since I had held the Kapara prototype at the Amsterdam Minimeet, worse it was a love at first sight when Alistair was showing is original design: the “Red Back” to the forums and Facebook… I was also hooked when Alistair came to Europe for working on the Australian museum bout WWI in the East of France. (This should not be Forgotten Years, and if you can try to see Peter Jackson, the director of Lord of the Rings, “They Shall Not Grow Old” and see how he has used technology to render the footage from that area in colors and with sound: amazing!). Also since the early 80’s I’m a big fan of the Oil, the Finn brothers (OK they are from New Zealand too), and even bands like Eden, Little Heroes, Ice House and Iva Davies. Many description and test of the Kapara has been done last year but this very one here is the Version 2.0 as it has return to the bench for some adjustments as Eric Glesser has announced at the Minimeet 2019. So this is a new version. So what do we get with that knife ? First you got a very strong flavour from the Big Southern Land: some pragmatism and commun sense for the tools you bring with you in the bush. OK the Kapara was first design as a kitchen knife for making Alistair Sandwich but this perfectionist of a designer as provided something incredible: – beautiful line, – smooth action of a “free dropping smooth as glass powerhouse” – excellent blade ratio – great ergos… And a very very sharp factory edge. So sharp, I don’t want to convex it yet. Go figure! So, from what I was afraid of ? I was afraid of near perfection EDC knife: the one knife which create distance with all the other designs you love. I was right to be afraid. As you can see the blade ratio is excellent bringing a maximum edge for than handle, the hidden choil helps a lot. The carbon fibers rounded handed is so nice to watch and use. A word about Taichung manufacturing again: I was not able to find a single hotspot on the V2. The blade is centered. The blade drops with a release of the lock. The red spacer and the liners are soft and perfectly adjusted. This is really something to experiment to understand: it is like if Des Horn has been on the quality control for this one. Very very impressive ! Alistair has designed a very utilitarian high performance blade. There is not jimping. The blade of the Kapara has been enhanced with a subtle hidden choil for the more precise cutting tasks. With this choil you will have a lot of control over the knife which is practical when peeling fruit. The wire clip is set for deep carry and this is simply the best Spyderco configuration. The one which is missing on the Shaman design for example. I cannot imagine you would wear a pocket with that smooth handle and deep wire clip. It carries so easy like the marvelous Ed Schempp Bowie. People call it “fancy pocket knife” but it is a Miss Australia in a Terminator design. The smooth and precise action, the long sharp edge, the wonderful ergo which can be used to cut on a board like the Spydiechef of the PPT. It is a practical EDC knife with as a main function in mind: the cutting and peeling of different types of fruit and vegetables: the 9.1 cm blade is measured exactly to be long enough to cut most types of fruit in half. This is a fruit knife with an open back design: very easy to clean. And yes: tomatoes are fruits. This is a tool with a healthy purpose as quoted on Spyderco site. “Phillips originally created the Kapara as a personal carry knife to help him prepare healthy, vegetable-based meals.” Fruits and vegetables are good for your health. This knife could be a life saver but for now it is a “Coup de Maitre” ! Bonza Mate !! More pictures on my blog: https://nemoknivesreview.com/2019/09/17/spyderco-kapara-c241cfp-alistair-phillips-life-saver/
Spyderco Alistair Phillips Kapara Folding Knife 3.6" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Carbon Fiber Handles
rated 4 stars out of 5
James
Atlanta
Jun 07, 2019
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Lock Type, Handle Material, Overall Quality, Pocket Clip, Ease of Opening, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Material
Cons: None
Great knife
Great knife! I got it at blade show so I payed a little less. So far it’s been great.
Spyderco Alistair Phillips Kapara Folding Knife 3.6" S30V Satin Plain Blade, Carbon Fiber Handles
rated 4 stars out of 5
Fernando
The old Kingdom of Spain
Jan 07, 2020
Pros: Blade Material, Lock Type, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Handle Feel, Weight, Lock Ease of Use, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Ease of Opening, Pocket Clip, None
Another Spyderco star
I received it along with the Ikuchi that I have ordered some months ago. It appears that the Taichung factory should dramatically increase its production capacity ... In a nutshell, as regards design, ergonomics, fit and finish, sharpness out and the box and the other usual parameters, 10/10. Just normal, because I would not expect less from a 200$ Spyderco. I did not give the 5th star because I have two minor buts. The clip is supposed to be a deep carry but half of an inch or so of the handle is exposed when the knife is in the pocket. If Sypderco has decided to join the deep carry trend (I like that) I do not know why they do not use the true deep carry clip of their UK Penknife as the standard for all deep carry models. The second has to do with the Spydiehole. When the Kapara is closed, the Spydiehole is too close to the handle. I do not have small hands, though I would not call them gigantic and find a little bit difficult to get my thumb into the hole. At least more difficult than when opening any of the other several Spydercos of my collection. Anyway, they are two minor buts. The knife is well worth the 200$ you have to pay for it and should be a part of the collection of any Sypderco fan.